Keeping an open mind–and being prepared for finding answers in unexpected places–is a familiar adage to experienced genealogy researchers. I saw an example of this in a recent day-long workshop that our local genealogy society presented.
During the last session of the day, the presenter was using some of her own family tree as an example. Suddenly a member of the audience announced with delight, “Hey, those are my ancestors, too!”
The speaker and audience member had never met previously, but a follow-up discussion revealed they were second cousins once removed! They had grown up in the same area of Iowa, but with about a little more than a generation between them. Currently they live about 90 miles apart.
This genealogy research is good for finding deceased ancestors but becomes even more rewarding when a connection is made with a fellow cousin. Especially when the example used includes the very people you are researching!